Chromium Plus

Equine Athlete Chromium CR3 contains organic chromium, amino acids important to muscle performance and repair and Vitamin B6. Human athletes have known about the role of Chromium as an essential nutrient for years. Since 1992 equine researchers have clearly defined Chromium’s role in improving performance. They have shown that horses fed 5mg of organic Chromium per day had significantly lower blood lactate and blood cortisol levels after intense exercise.

During intense exercise, lactic acid is accumulated in muscles and causes fatigue. Chromium has been shown to slow this build-up of lactic acid in the blood thus delaying the onset of fatigue, increasing the amount of time a horse could sustain a maximal
effort during intense exercise, racing or competition.

Cortisol, – the “stress hormone” levels increase during stressful periods. Increased cortisol levels lead to a reduction in insulin levels. This results in reduced energy utilization and protein synthesis, both important factors in the athletic horse.

Chromium enhances the effect of insulin and so improves the uptake of glucose and amino acids into the muscle cells. Tests have shown that supplementation with organic Chromium has been shown to increase stress resistance and improve immunity, helping with improving resistance to bacterial and viral diseases. Organic Chromium is a useful nutritional supplement to assist horses that may be susceptible to muscle Tye-up.

The addition of trivalent chromium to the diet allows better utilisation of energy through its effect on insulin, the hormone that regulates the transfer of glucose and amino acid between blood and muscle cells. The CR3 Chromium Plus also contains the essential branched chain amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine which are utilised directly by skeletal muscles to repair the muscle cells that are damaged during intense exercise. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is involved in the metabolism of these amino acids. improved uptake of glucose boosts ATP production while the increased amino acid uptake has an anabolic effect, improving the muscle to fat ratio.

Active Ingredients per kg:

Trivalent Chromium 0.03%
L-Leucine 0.4%
L-Valine 0.4%
L-Isoleucine 0.2%
Pyridoxiline (B6) 0.1%


Daily Dose Rate:
• Performance Horses (500kg): 15gm (1 Level scoop)

Science References:

Equine endurance exercise alters serum branched-chain amino acid and alanine concentrations   N. L. TROTTIER*, B. D. NIELSEN , K. J. LANG, P. K. KU and H. C. SCHOTT† Departments of Animal Science and †Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1225, USA.
The effect of chromium supplementation on metabolic response to exercise in thoroughbred horses. Joe D Pagan, Stephen G Jackson, Stephen E Duran.
Influence of chromium supplementation on energy metabolism in horses used in policing activity [Influência da suplementação com cromo sobre o metabolism energético em equinos usados em atividade de policiamento] L.A. Fonseca1, F.M. Girardi1, C.S. Coelho2, G. Barioni1, V.B. Rangel 1, R.C. Gonçalves 3

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